A fund has been established at Alliance Bank to help Terry and Tonya Riley with medical bills, which continue to mount as Terry deals with cancer and cirrhosis of the liver and arterial blockage. He is on the waiting list for a liver transplant and is scheduled to have triple bypass surgery July 25.
Those wanting make a monetary contribution may contact Linda Galligher at Alliance Bank in reference to the Terry and Tonya Riley Fund.
“Terry and Tonya are well-known in the Sulphur Springs area. Terry worked for many years for Masters True Value and is now employed by Hooten’s in Emory. He has always been a hard worker and wants to make a living for his family. They have never had to do anything like this before,” note the Rileys’ friends on a press release announcing the fund.
Terry’s journey to medical diagnosis and treatment began a few months ago when he learned he is diabetic. Shortly after, an x-ray showed problems in his liver. He was sent to a cancer specialist in Dallas. After many tests, he was told he has cirrhosis and cancer of the liver and was put on the organ transplant waiting list.
After several follow-up appointments, including once to have chemo beads placed in his liver, he was scheduled for a heart catheter and general check-up to make sure he’s healthy enough to withstand transplant surgery. The tests showed 90 percent blockage of the arteries around his heart.
He is scheduled to have a triple bypass July 25 at Baylor Medical Center. He is not a candidate for stints; if bleeding started, it could cause the liver to bleed, too. Thus, the need for a bypass.
“Bad health has really hit Terry hard. Their bills are piling up and they would be grateful for any help. We as their friends want to help. If you would like to help go to Alliance. All help will be appreciated so much. All funds given will go to Terry and Tonya,” the press release stated.
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